An extract on #giveaway
Giveawayoftheday.com is ranked #938 in the world according to three-month Alexa traffic rankings on 11 September 2011. The site is ranked #1,182 in the US, where it is estimated that 19% of its visitors are located. It is also popular in Indonesia, where it is ranked #357. Giveaway of the day project is ranked #968 in The 1000 most-visited sites on the web by Google.
Categories of software on Giveaway of the Day include system tools, shell replacements, video and photo editing tools, office add-ons, file format converters, screen-savers and others. Software titles offered by Giveaway of the Day are free if downloaded from the Giveaway of the Day website.
Since the giveaway software must be installed and registered during 24-hour period (with no right of further re-installations), some users regard the software given away as trialware. There has also been some user criticism of the quality and origin of the software given away, including complaints about a high proportion of utility software, format converters, screensavers and other simple tools.
Giveaway of the Day uses in-house developed wrapper software to ensure that every particular product can only be installed on the day of promotion by connecting to their server and checking giveaway availability.
Initially GOTD used relatively a simple technique to protect the installation package which eventually led to the situation when a lot of titles previously featured on Giveaway of the Day became available on numerous warez sites. On top of that some websites provided step-by-step protection circumvention guides. Thus GOTD started losing trust of its vendors and had to take potentially unpopular measures. In July 2012 the team announced a new release of the wrapper, informing the users about integration of Themida software developed by Oreans Technologies into the wrapper as an additional protection mechanism. Some users were outraged by these measures and went as far as call Themida a "spyware". Also the new wrapper caused issues due to false positive alerts from several security software products at first.
Site's administration is also accused of tough comment moderation policy. Some even claim that all negative feedback is being removed from comments sections and forums.
Giveaway of the Day regularly features software from companies that infringe on the copyrights of other software. For example, 1 July 2012 giveaway of Ideal DVD Copy infringed on the copyright of the FFmpeg and libav projects. Often, the corporations, companies, and individuals who publish content on the site are actually pseudonyms for made-up and erroneous businesses. An example would include 6 April 2010 giveaway of LeKuSoft DVD Ripper. The vendor develops programs under different company names, which appeared to have the same whois information, and all of them violated the license of libav.